Lloyd Irvin Jr. is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and competitor, with wins in events such as the World No-Gi Championship.[1]

Lloyd Irvin
Born (1969-05-17) May 17, 1969 (age 52)
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
TeamTeam Lloyd Irvin
Rank  4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Leo Dalla
Notable studentsDominick Cruz, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Mike Easton, Jonathan Torres, Marcos Torregrosa, Keenan Cornelius, Sodiq Yusuff, De'Alonzio Jackson

Home invasion incident

In 2008, Lloyd Irvin, his family, and former student Brandon Vera were the victims of a home invasion robbery. Reportedly, Irvin was able to disarm one of the robbers and send both men fleeing the residence shortly thereafter. There were no reports of injuries.[2][3]

Team Lloyd Irvin

Lloyd Irvin is the head coach of the eponymous Team Lloyd Irvin, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts organization operating in the Mid-Atlantic States of the U.S.[4][5][6]

A number of prominent grapplers and MMA fighters have attended his school at one time, such as Mike Fowler, JT Torres, and Ryan Hall.[7]

Cult allegations controversy

Following an incident between three of his students on 1 Jan 2013 Irvin received a lot of negative publicity in the mixed martial arts press. Several of his best students decided to leave, and Irvin disbanded his affiliate program, citing the "lynch mob" mentality of his attackers. A 5 Dec 2013 article on the controversy with accounts from former Irvin associates and students claimed Irvin's students were training in a cult like environment.[8]

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 0 0
By submission 1 0
By decision 0 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Arthur Gant Submission (heel hook) USVTO - US Vale Tudo Open 1996 November 6, 1996 1 1:48 United States


  1. ^ "Results". Official IBBJF results. 2008. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "BloodyElbow.com Exclusive: Lloyd Irvin, Family and Brandon Vera Attacked by Two Gunman [sic] in Irvin's Home Saturday Morning". October 6, 2008. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  3. ^ "Vera Held at Gunpoint". October 23, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Cimins, Brian. "Team Results from 2012 Grapplers Quest Beast of the East - Wayne, NJ - March 24-25, 2012". Grapplers Quest. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  5. ^ Cimins, Brian. "Overall Team Results from 2012 Grapplers Quest U.S. National Championships - Morristown, New Jersey - July 21-22, 2012". Grapplers Quest. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "Holly Morris - UFC Fighters". FOX 5 News. Retrieved February 20, 2013. FOX 5's Holly Morris visited Team Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts and Fitness in Arlington, Virginia where they train athletes of any skill level...including professional UFC fighters!
  7. ^ "Lloyd Irvin". BJJ Heroes. June 14, 2011. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  8. ^ "Lloyd Irvin cult article". Miami New Times. 2013-12-05. Retrieved 2013-12-11.

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